He was nominated for vice-president at the 1856 democratic national convention to balance a ticket headed by james buchanan the democrats won the election , but breckinridge had little influence with buchanan and, as presiding officer of the senate, could not express his opinions in debates. The man who came in second how john breckinridge and the democratic party lost the 1860 presidential election with the 1856 presidential election on the horizon, democratic politics once again beckoned buchanan and breckinridge were in for a tough fight bleeding kansas and the slavery issue had led to the collapse of the whig party. This presidential election pitted john c fremont (republican) vs james buchanan (democrat) vs millard fillmore (know nothing) james buchanan wins 174 to 114 to 8 james buchanan 15th president of the united states this man was a pro slavery democrat from pennsylvania who had previously been sent along with pierre soule and john mason to belgium in order to negotiate the sale of cuba to the us.
“old buck” presidential basics full name: james buchanan years in office: 1857–1861 political party: democratic vice president: john c breckenridge age at inauguration: 65 nicknames: “old buck,” “ten-cent jimmy,” “bachelor president” random trivia the bachelor: buchanan is our only bachelor president. The united states presidential election of 1856 was the 18th quadrennial presidential election, held on tuesday, november 4, 1856 in a three-way election, democrat james buchanan defeated republican nominee john c frémont and american party nominee millard fillmore.
Presidential election results map blue denotes states won by frémont/dayton, red denotes those won by buchanan/breckinridge, and light blue denotes those won by fillmore/donelson numbers indicate the number of electoral votes allotted to each state. American presidential election of 1856 the democrats nominated james buchanan and john breckenridge, the newly formed republican party nominated john fremont and william drayton, the american [or know-nothing] party nominated former president millard fillmore and andrew donelson, and the abolition party nominated gerrit smith and samuel mcfarland. For the results of the previous election, see united states presidential election of 1852 for the results of the subsequent election, see united states presidential election of 1860 richard pallardy results of the 1856 election the results of the 1856 us presidential election are provided in the table.